Time for a fresh start in Baltimore crime fighting

September 20, 2010

The people have spoken, and Gregg Bernstein is to be congratulated on his election as the next Baltimore state's attorney.

Now, in the process of moving on, he should ask the courts for a holiday from regular business to allow him to meet with his entire staff of assistant state's attorneys, secretaries, clerks and office staff to get to know his "team" and for them to see where he plans to go as the new "coach."

Since the courts would be closed, the judges, too, should meet to see how best to improve the images of the courts, and there is need for improvement. The courts are technically and legally bound to abide/enforce the criminal laws enacted by the General Assembly and signed by the governor, the people who hold the responsibility for making law. Only when there is a constitutional question can there be questions presented for determination by a higher authority. This is no doubt in this writer's mind, had the courts been on the ballot, many would have succumbed to the same fate as the current chief prosecutor.

In the prosecution of criminal cases, there is another half to the equation: questionable release of second time around offenders, acceptance of plea bargains (because the jails are overcrowded), and the list goes on and on.

The time is now to start fresh on the war against crime in the City of Baltimore.

Richard L. Lelonek, Baltimore

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